Dez Bryant is an American football player currently playing as a wide receiver. He, as of now, is a part of the “Dallas Cowboys”. A true rags to riches story, Dez Bryant’s life can easily be a plot for a roller coaster Hollywood movie. Growing up in dire circumstances where he went to sleep starving, as to now, where he rakes in millions, thanks to his passion for football, Dez has truly seen it all.
Dez Bryant continues to be a source of inspiration for all struggling athletes out there. He embodies every characteristic of the saying, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Let’s delve more into this amazing athlete’s life and his current net worth in 2018. Keep on reading!
Dez Bryant Early life
Dez Bryant, named Desmond Demond Bryant at birth, was born on the 4th of November, 1988 in Galveston County, Texas, U.S.A to Angela Bryant and MacArthur Hatton. Growing up, he was largely raised up by his mother, as his father was nowhere to be seen in the picture. Dez had a tumultuous childhood, his mother to make ends meet resorted to selling crack and cocaine to feed her three kids. From an early age, he worked at an industrial plant in Lufkin, Texas to aid his mother in feeding the family. The family struggled a lot emotionally and financially.
When he was 9, his mother was acquitted and was sent to prison. Thus, for almost two years, Dez moved in with his father. He attended Lufkin High School, where he first began his tryst with football. He played for the school team, the “Panthers” football team. When he was a junior, he scored 16 touchdowns. As a senior, he managed 21 touchdowns. He was an all-star athlete and also took part in track and field, relay and hurdles. Dez Bryant attended the Oklahoma State University in 2007 on a sports scholarship. He graduated in the year 2009 and was extremely heavy on the athletic scene. He was a part of the “Oklahoma State Cowboys” football team.
Dez Bryant is currently in a relationship with his longtime partner, Ilyne Nash. The pair have two kids, Dez Jr. born on 25th of June 2010 and Isabella Rose born on the 5th of December 2015. Dez has a baby boy- Zayn from his past girlfriend, Briana Hooks.
Dez Bryant Career, Awards & Achievement
Dez Bryant’s professional career started after his association with his college football team. During the 2010 NFL draft, he was recruited by the “Dallas Cowboys” with a signing amount of $12.5 million. Dez debuted on the 12th of September against the “Washington Redskins”. After a series of successful wins, he concluded his rookie season by scoring six touchdowns. Dez Bryant was named as the NFL All-Rookie Team for the year 2010. In 2011, he had his season’s most successful game against “St. Louis Rams” leading his team to victory.
Bryant concluded his 2012 season scoring 12 touchdowns, as it was a rough year for him, he had several injuries which only came in the way of his game. In the year 2014, Dez Bryant was in the final year of his contract and the year turned out to be the highlight of his career. He scored 16 touchdowns and caught 88 passes for 1320 yards. Bryant signed a 5 year contract worth $70 million with the “Dallas Cowboys”. In 2016, Bryant was selected in the pro bowl and he replaced Julio Jones while doing so. Bryant’s career progressed in 2017 with 2 receptions against the “New York Giants”. However, he sprained his ankle during week 9. He concluded the season with 69 receptions and scored 6 touchdowns.
Awards & Achievement
● Awarded the 2007 Second-team freshman All-America.
● Awarded the 2008 First team All-America.
● In 2010, he was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.
● In 2013, Bryant was ranked 35th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2013.
● In 2013, Dez Bryant attended his first Pro Bowl.
● In 2014, Dez Bryant was ranked 25th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014.
● Dez was a First-team All-Pro player in the year 2014.
● In 2015, Bryant was ranked 15th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.
● In 2016, Bryant was ranked 51st on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
● In 2017, Bryant was ranked 60th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
Net Worth of Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant’s 2015 five year contract amounting to $70 million with the “Dallas Cowboys” successfully cemented his name as a true blown star. Forbes magazine ranked him #71 on their list of “The World’s Highest Paid Athletes”. Dez Bryant’s current net worth is $35 million.
Dez Bryant’s tale is truly reminiscent of a cinematic movie. His struggles growing up and his dedication towards his sport has made him who he is today. The determination and the discipline inculcated in him, has set him up as a desired player wanted by all. He embodies every characteristic of a true American and continues to be a source of inspiration for everyone out there.